The Guardian: Southern trains reach Union peace deal

The Guardian reports:

Southern rail is believed to have reached a deal with train drivers to end their dispute following a second week of talks.

The result of the negotiations held at the TUC between operating company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and drivers’ union Aslef is expected to be announced later on Thursday.

A series of strikes by drivers had brought trains to a halt, while an overtime ban saw branch lines closed and services severely disrupted from early December until talks began.

Strikes planned for late January were suspended while Aslef started fresh talks to resolve the row over driver-only operated trains, which drivers said were potentially unsafe.

Hopefully this marks a return to the world class service for which Southern was previously known.

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